How close to the tracks?

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Mon Mar 14 13:48:32 EDT 2011

When deciding how close to put those houses to tracks... I guess I have been too
I'm wondering if this photo is a mainline or a branch? Either way I'm sure
Momma's dishes were rocked whenever the train came through.
I'm wondering if there was a standard for clearance to housing, or if it was
just "exempted" when there wasn't enough real-estate? I know the tracks are
close to the houses in Keystone, WV on the Pocahontas still.
Here's my new article "How close to the tracks?" featuring another great
National Archives shot. -
Gene Bowker

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